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 Thursday, Feb 23 
Bill would split local government pension funds from KRS (Lexington Herald Leader)
Local government pension funds would break away from the Kentucky Retirement Systems under a bill headed to the Kentucky Senate after winning committee approval. The bill would separate the County Employees Retirement System from KRS.

 Wednesday, Feb 22 
How community paramedics can respond to the opioid overdose epidemic (EMS1)
Community paramedics have an opportunity to change EMS response to overdose and addiction through application of harm reduction techniques.

 Wednesday, Feb 22 
Perry County Ambulance honors troops with ambulance deco (EMS1)
The agency has done previous ambulance designs to spread awareness for heart disease, autism and cancer.

 Wednesday, Feb 22 
Amazon's 'Alexa' able to give CPR instructions (EMS1)
The voice-activated device first tells the user to call 911 before offering other instructions.

 Wednesday, Feb 22 
Clarifications sought for ambulance taxing district ordinance (Glasgow Daily Times)
Barren County Fiscal Court unanimously passed the first of two readings of an ordinance to make some revisions, mostly clarifications, to the original ordinance passed late last year to establish a taxing district through which revenue would be collected.

 Wednesday, Feb 22 
6 important PPE items paramedics should be wearing, but aren't (EMS1)
We owe it to ourselves and our families to understand and use the PPE designed to protect us from line of duty injury or death.

 Tuesday, Feb 21 
What legislation will actually make EMS providers safer? (EMS1)
State legislators have passed or are considering several pieces of legislation intended to improve EMS working conditions and safety for providers.

 Saturday, Feb 18 
February Certificate of Need Newsletter (Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The February Kentucky Certificate of Need Newsletter.

 Friday, Feb 17 
Ky. EMT shoots pit bull attacking teen (EMS1)
EMTs were treating a 16-year-old when the dog began to charge at them; an EMT shot the dog and killed it.

 Friday, Feb 17 
Kentucky Flight Medic earns Tim Hynes Safety Scholarship (EMS World)
The scholarship is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to enhance, promote and develop a culture of safety within their work environment.

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Kentucky Legislative Session: The 2017 Kentucky Regular Legislative Session is a "short" session limited to 30 days that began with Part 1 on January 3. A break began January 8 and Part 2 convened on February 7. Feb. 9 was the last day for new bill requests. Feb. 16 was the last day for new Senate bills and Feb. 17 was the last day for new House bills. The legislature will not meet during the Veto Period of March 16 through March 27. The session is scheduled to end on March 30. The schedule may change.
   Read How a Bill Becomes Law to learn how a bill goes through the Legislative process, including how it can be changed and passed without any public knowledge.
Bills of interest to EMS:
  • Automated external difibrillators in public school buildings, requirement for - HB 252: Feb 07 - introduced in House. Feb 09 - to Education (H). Feb 17 - posted in committee. Feb 21 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1). Feb 22 - 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 24.
  • Board of EMS, transfer to Public Protection Cabinet - SB 98: Jan 05 - introduced in Senate; 1st reading. Jan 07 - to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S).
  • Boating safety, electric shock drowning prevention, marina requirements for - HB 437: Feb 16 - introduced in House. Feb 21 - to Tourism & Outdoor Recreation (H).
  • Disabled and retired first responders, disabled combination hunting and fishing license, eligibility - HB 188: Feb 07 - introduced in House. Feb 09 - to Tourism & Outdoor Recreation (H).
  • First responders, autism training requirement - HB 389: Feb 15 - introduced in House. Feb 16 - to Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection (H).
  • Hate crime, offense against emergency medical services personnel as a result of - HB 14: Jul 06 - Prefiled by the sponsor(s). Jan 03 - introduced in House; to Judiciary (H). Feb 07 - posted in committee. Feb 08 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; floor amendment (1) and (2-title) filed. Feb 09 - 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, February 13, 2017. Feb 10 - floor amendment (3) filed. Feb 13 - 3rd reading; floor amendment (1) ruled out of order; floor amendment (3) defeated; passed 77-13-1. Feb 14 - received in Senate. Feb 15 - to Judiciary (S).
  • Medical review panel, utilization in health care provider litigation - SB 4: Jan 03 - introduced in Senate; taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S); to Health & Welfare (S). Jan 04 - taken from Health & Welfare (S); 2nd reading; returned to Health & Welfare (S); floor amendments (1) (2) (3) (4) (5-title) (6) (7) (8) (9) and (10) filed. Jan 05 - reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute (1); posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, January 5, 2017; 3rd reading; floor amendments (1) (2) (3) (4) (5-title) (6) (7) (8) (9) and (10) ruled out of order; passed 23-13 with Committee Substitute (1); floor amendments (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16)) (17) (18) and (19) filed to Committee Substitute; floor amendments (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) and (19) ruled out of order; received in House; to Health and Family Services (H); taken from Health and Family Services (H); 1st reading; returned to Health and Family Services (H) Jan 06 - floor amendments (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7-title) (8) (9) and (10) filed.
  • Obstructing an emergency responder - HB 291: Feb 10 - introduced in House. Feb 14 - to Small Business & Information Technology (H). Feb 15 - posted in committee. Feb 16 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute (1). Feb 17 - 2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 21 - posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 22. Feb 22 - 3rd reading, passed 99-0 with Committee Substitute (1).
  • Opioid overdose, reporting requirements, operator's licenses, relating to - SB 123: Feb 07 - introduced in Senate. Feb 08 - to Transportation (S).
  • Personnel, in-the-line-of-duty death and educational benefits, eligibility for - HB 199: Feb 07 - introduced in House. Feb 09 - to State Government (H).

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